Sustainability as a life style #1-2

Villa - Private room · , Pérez Zeledón Canton, San Jose, Costa Rica

We are a mountain retreat located on the ridges of the Coastal range on the Pacific south west of Costa Rica.
Our sustainable way of life is based on bioagriculture, alternative energies, reforestation, arts&crafts, horses & holistic health practices

The Space

Margas and Chemas home is a large elegant, two storied round building with a geodesic dome on top for holistic exercises. A large living room with a fire place. Private bathroom in every bedroom. The dinning room and livingroom have a view to the forest and ocean from 1000mts above sea level. No grid conection, solar panels and candels. The spring is in the property.

With over 20 years experience in sustainable practices.
A large biological farm with organic gardens and fruit trees. Thouroughbred horses, a cross between andalusian and costarrican paso fino.

Caters to naturalists, equestrians, holistic health groups and clases are given in sustainable practices. Property is adjacent to the Biological Corridor "El Paso de la Danta"

A rural road to the beach by four wheel drive, 12 kms and the National Marine Park Marino Ballena, where twice a year the humpback whales migrate. Also, there is a large variety of dolphins which make their home in these waters.

Many cascading rivers in the area where to swim, sorrounded by tropical forests and spectacular views.

So, what is a sustainable way of life? It is a friendly relationship with nature, where the "cost of living" is directly related to minimizing environmental impact and a true economy based in frugality, reciclying, craftmanship, growing your own food and avoiding consumerism.

Breakfast is included, other meals are available with an additional cost. Please let us know ahead of time. It is possible to hire a naturalist guide and horse back ridding. All these services are payed in cash.

There is a daily public bus service, except Sundays, to a nearby village, 3 kms. Taxi is also available.

One can also praticipate in the voluntary hands-on sustainable practices, wich are Margas and Chemas way of life. Such as gardening, reforestation, horse care and alternative energies.

For more than 2 persons, please contact us for special prices.
The whole villa is also avilable, it has capacity up to 20 people

You can also see availability of rooms 3 - 4 on the following link, http://airbnb.com/rooms/257356
Or room 5 - http://airbnb.com/rooms/290050

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $210 /week
Monthly Price: $800 /month
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • We had a memorable stay at Casa Tordesillas during New Years Eve, escaping the hustle and bustle from the coastal villages.
    Our girls (9 & 11) also absolutely loved the place and they still talk about it frequently (about horse training without pain, or trying to identify stars and planets in the sky).
    Chema and Marga really built up an exceptional place in an amazing location (you see the ocean in the far distance and nothing but nature all around). The sounds are limited to jungle noises (such as howler monkeys).
    It was also enlightening to see how few resources are actually needed to live a fulfilling life. The hike to the waterfalls was wonderful too, and we all enjoyed a relaxing swim and swinging from a tree branch into the water.

    Because the road to the coast was washed away when we visited, it was quite a drive to reach the place, but it was definitely worth it.
    We certainly hope to stay here again some time in the future.

    January 2014
  • I agree with all the things that said Ellen..I was looking for an experience and not a simple touristic trip, well I had it.Now i'm back to Paris, and it seems to me that it was light years ago in another planet, essentially because I was in a very peculiar place, near paradise, with exceptional people.You learn.., there is a lot of wisdom in the air, interesting conversations, peace, meditation, adventure, and Marga's delicious macro biotic food..you learn to live with nature's rhythm..Impatient Parisian like me have to adapt,adapt to the essential.. you go there to forget..and forget, your personal lifestyle.

    October 2012
    Chema Y Marga
    Response from Chema Y Marga:

    Hola Luz, que bien, ya estas en Paris. Gracias por tan al punto comentario, pues es nuestro estilo de vida lo que mas queremos compartir

  • Chema and Marga open their homes and hearts to share their sustainable story. Although it was rainy season, my days were full of adventures: walking through the forest on guided and private tours, horseback riding into town and enjoying the peaceful cadence of the "Hobbits Paradise".

    Days begin with the rising sun: 6AM breakfast, tend to the horses (if you please), 10:30 2nd breakfast of fresh fruit from their trees (white pineapple, mango, banana, mandarin, grapefruit - which I viewed from my bedroom window). Some gentle tasks around the farm, or other trips. Divine organic and delicious Marga lunch. Siesta from 1-3, and stunning sunsets from the mountain top. Candlelight dinner by the fireplace.

    I was working on my video, Earthtalk, and enjoyed hearing of Chema's unique and fascinating story. Marga makes their clothes, their bread and they both bring a creative connection with the earth, demonstrating good living in hard times.

    They are well respected locally and regionally (I sat on my return trip next to a friend of theirs, coincidentally). My own connection with the earth,Gaia, is stronger, as is my global perspective. I return with a renewed desire for authentic Homeland Security.

    October 2012
    Chema Y Marga
    Response from Chema Y Marga:

    good to know that you are back home, and thank you for your kind words and to know the extente of your enjoyment in this little corner of Mother Earth.
    chemarga

  • You will not find better hosts than Marga and Chema. They have a heart of gold. They received us with warmth, cooked excellent food, guided us on trips in the neighboring mountains, and entertained us with stimulating conversations. There was also a plenty of time for us to simply relax and soak up the peace and solitude of the could forest. This is a perfect spot for those who treasure nature and like to follow the rhythms of the sunrise and sunset. If you preserve a bit of the energy for the evening (having done hiking, horseback riding, swimming in waterfalls, or at the beach during the day), you will enjoy the warmth of the fireplace, stimulating conversations, and perfectly star filled skies spreading over the luscious greens of the jungle.
    Marga is an amazing cook. Her dishes are always made out of local, fine produce and she prepares them with a mastery of a world class chef form the cloud forest. Chema is a wilderness guide and an intellectual with wealth of knowledge and passion in the areas of environment and sustainability. Chema and Marga made us feel welcome and made sure that we had all we needed to have an amazing experience during our stay.

    August 2012
  • Everything about my stay at Casa Tordesillas was perfect for my first week in Costa Rica. Marga and Chema were welcoming upon my arrival and more than accomodating during my stay. Marga is a fantastic cook! I had the pleasure of eating with them daily. Chema is a great person to follow around. The conversation was always intriguing and the company was very pleasant. I hope to visit them again in the future. I recommend this place to everyone! It was one of the greatest most memorable experiences of my life. I know their lifestyle will leave the same impact on others.

    July 2012
  • Chema and Marga are lovely people. Chema is an intellectual with a calling to teach this important lifestyle. His plans include a school on his land to teach sustainability so that will go forth in the future.

    The house is beautiful, looking out over the cloud forest. Mornings are glorious, and you will wake up to the sounds of hundreds of birds and howler monkeys. The sun burns off the clouds and you can see for many miles. There is an escarpment up the road where you can see down to the beach below (The Whale's Tail).

    Marga is a talented cook, and we feasted daily from the riches of the garden. She baked fresh bread for our breakfast, and we enjoyed fruits from the property. Since there is no electricity or refrigeration, you know everything is fresh. We even went with Chema to the garden and picked carrots, beets, radishes, kale and arugula for our dinner!

    There is plenty of nature to enjoy, and plenty of hiking to be done, so bring your comfortable shoes and your camera. Chema showed us some of his land and his horses, and there was a funny moment when he had to chase the neighbor's cows back to their own pasture.

    The lack of electricity (or should I say blessing), was really not that noticible, since candles and conversation filled the evenings. We were amazed at the home the two of them had built by hand. We talked into the night until we were all exhausted.

    Chema and Marga host groups of people that truly want to learn how to live a sustainable life. It truly is an experience for anyone, and one well worth learning. This was a wonderful retreat with wonderful people. We will be coming back!

    Paula & Irv - Atlanta

    May 2012
  • Chema and Marga were fantastic hosts. During our time together they shared their lifestyle and network of friends with us as we explored the gorgeous property and neighboring areas. We hiked the surrounding ridges, went on a spectacular horseback ride down to Uvita with Chema and engaged in memorable conversations, each day punctuated by Marga's healthy and tasty creations.

    The home and property are spectacular examples of sustainable design and although they weren't intended to be the focus of our trip, it's hard to overlook how synchronously everything works together at Casa Tordesillas.

    Make sure to be generous with how much time you account to finding your way here. And I would recommend driving in during daylight hours as the road to their home is a rocky one and can be intimidating to the tired, late night traveller. Not that it happened to us or anything, haha.

    Anyway, Casa Tordesillas is a wonderful place that I look forward to returning to, especially as the school begins to take root. I highly recommend it.

    Oh, one more thing, Chema claims to have invented breakdancing--now you have something to talk about!

    April 2012
  • It was a pleasure to stay at Casa Tordesillas. They were generous and genial hosts full of interesting conversation. The home is far removed from any town or other homes, making a great hideaway for those seeking the quiet spaciousness of a mountaintop. I highly recommend them and support their sustainability mission!

    February 2012
  • This is a unique experience. It's not a resort experience, but more about quiet, peace, and lots of conversation with Chema, a leading proponent of the sustainable living movement who with marge is living his dream--Chema built the place, including all the furniture. Not for everybody, as it's quite remote, up a rough dirt road (but it was being improved even during our stay). There are good hikes, walks around the house; the walk down to the waterfalls/swimming area is very beautiful---and quite demanding too. There is also horseback riding for experienced riders (not us) on Chema's specially trained horses. The two dogs are great too!! Dinner is optional for extra $$ and well worth it. Where else will you get a private, candlelit mountaintop dining room with excellent home-cooked food by the elegant Marga? If you go during the rainy season, it will be damp. Facilities/bedrooms are spartan. There was no electricity while we were there (solar panel was down). You have to be tolerant of being without your urban creature comforts. But overall, it was really cool, providing a very memorable experience for our group. This place is one-of-a kind (although with Chema's energy and enthusiasm for this way of life, it may be replicated soon).

    December 2011
  • I had the privilege of being the first AirBNB client that Chema and Marga welcomed into their tropical mountain paradise. They host many groups but only recently added themselves to this site and I'm really happy they did. This is a very unique, hardy travel experience. The view from right out their door is truly breathtaking, the pictures do not do it justice (and I thought the pictures looked great!). From one of their plots of land you can see all the way down to the beach (near Uvita) and if you're up for the long hike (I think 4-6 hrs) you can make it down there. The are many shorter hikes in the area and I highly recommend horseback riding with Chema. I'm a very inexperienced rider but this was a highlight of the trip. I have to say another highlight of the trip was Marga's fantastic cooking! Her Lasagna is pretty amazing. Don't forget there is no electricity so dinner is by candle light! Chema is extremely passionate about sustainable living and the school he is developing to teach local costa ricans. I felt like a learned a great deal.

    It's definitely not for everyone, but if you have an open mind and an adventurous spirit I highly recommend a visit!

    December 2011
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We are native from Madrid, Spain. Residing in Costa Rica for over since 1976, following an sustanable way of life. We offer holistic health and sustainable seminars. We also offer horse back riding for experienced riders and nature hikes through the tropical forest and to the local waterfalls and pools. For us to have a guest is a way to share our way of life, to promote a sustainable life and to make friends. Our main object is two fold, first is to simplify our way of life by practicing sustainable techniques and regenerative activities; second is to be minimizing our impact on the planet, that is, that our ecological footprint would be less and as we see it, is about quality of life instead of standard of living.
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